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Thomas Muller reveals he rejected “astronomical” offer from Manchester United

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It seems as though even Manchester United’s endless pot of money is failing to attract new players these days.

German World Cup winner and top scorer Thomas Muller has revealed the Red Devils offered him “astronomical” wages to sign for them this summer, but the Bayern Munich forward turned them down.

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In an interview with German outlet Bild, Muller, 24, revealed that he had plenty of offers from overseas this summer and United were top of the list.

However Germany’s clinical finisher, who has scored 10 goals in 12 World Cup games over the past two tournaments including five in Brazil this summer, revealed that he was happy at Bayern.

Speaking about United’s offer, this is what Muller had to say.

“Of course. I was aware that I could earn more by making that transfer. The amount that foreign clubs were offering me was astronomical. But Bayern are my club, a change was not an issue for me.”

Louis van Gaal has yet to stamp his own mark on United and with less than two weeks until the transfer window slams shuts only Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw (both deals agree before van Gaal took over) have arrived. Argentine defender Marcos Rojo is set to complete his move to United in the coming hours, but plenty more players are needed if LVG is to quick-start the most successful club in English history.

Hearing players like Muller publicly come out and reveal that they don’t want to join United simply for financial reasons is refreshing, yet also points to the Red Devils’ dwindling status as a world soccer power. Another below-par season in the Premier League this campaign could see them slip further down the pecking order among the world’s elite clubs. Recently former manager David Moyes revealed the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all turned down moves to United last summer and that same reluctance to sign on at Old Trafford this year has led to a frustrating period for van Gaal and Executive Chairman Ed Woodward.

Sadly, for them, Muller’s comments aren’t that surprising. The riches of the Red Devils’ aren’t enough to entice players.

VIDEO: Alex Morgan scores goal against Costa Rica in 12 seconds

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The United States got off to a historically roaring start in Olympic qualifying. Taking on Costa Rica in Frisco, Texas to begin Group A play, Alex Morgan opened the scoring in just 12 seconds, taking just six passes to complete the masterpiece.

According to the USWNT twitter account, the goal is the fastest in U.S. Soccer history.

According to CONCACAF, the goal is also the quickest in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, breaking Abby Wambach’s of 35 seconds in a 14-0 domination of the Dominican Republic in 2012.

[ WATCH LIVE: USWNT vs Costa Rica live online on NBC Sports Live Extra ]

The United States scored three goals in the first 15 minutes against Costa Rica tonight. They will take on Mexico and Puerto Rico across the next five days.

Watch Live: USWNT vs Costa Rica in Olympic qualifying

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 23:  (L-R) Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States is congratulated by teammate Alex Morgan #13 after a goal against Ireland at Qualcomm Stadium on January 23, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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The United States women are set to begin Group A play in Olympic qualification, taking on 36th ranked Costa Rica at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The game takes place after a 17-day camp at the national training camp in Carson, California.

[ WATCH LIVE: USWNT vs Costa Rica live online on NBC Sports Live Extra ]

Other teams in the group include Mexico and Puerto Rico. The Mexicans dominated Puerto Rico 6-0 in the first game.

LINEUP

United States: Solo; Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Brian, Horan, Dunn, Lloyd, Heath; Morgan.

Columbus, NYCFC release new kits to mixed results

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Two Major League Soccer clubs have put their kits out there for the 2016 season. They’ve received a mediocre welcome at best.

Columbus was the first, and their kit makes a bold statement moving away from the traditional yellow and black that so often adorns their regular shirts. Instead, the kit incorporates the Columbus flag onto it. The release has seen quite a negative reaction on social media.

The kit was unveiled at the Columbus City Hall on Wednesday, featuring the traditional adidas stripes, although instead of the usual placement on the shoulders, the stripes come down the side of the torso. Recently, adidas has the tendency to copy general jersey patterns across its multiple properties, so look for this design with other clubs in the near future.

The negative reaction to the Columbus release isn’t terribly surprising considering fans often enjoy sticking to tradition, and backlash is common when clubs deviate from the norm. As an additional hurdle, the color contrast between red and yellow is somewhat stark, lending to the difficult reception. Add in the bright pastel blue shorts and…yikes.

While the club didn’t describe how they will utilize this kit during the season, it’s likely to be the primary (at least for now) as the club release says the kit portfolio also includes last year’s black kit, which is traditionally the away kit.

NYCFC’s release of their secondary kit was more positive, receiving a mixed response on social media.

As you can see, adidas again copied their general outline with the stripes down the side of the torso. However, the German clothing manufacturer did much better with the general design of these kits than the Columbus ones. I will give a bit of personal opinion here: I absolutely love these kits. The ripple effect accentuates the crest with a near-3D effect, and the colors mesh perfectly which serves to assuage the eye from being overwhelmed by a busy design. If there’s any criticism, it’s that without an outline, the Etihad logo tends to get in the way a bit, but that’s nitpicking. Well done NYCFC. Columbus…I’ll leave that one to you all.

Men In Blazers podcast: Romelu Lukaku Pod Special

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